Nova Scotians are counting on the federal government to changeits position on health-care funding, Premier John Hamm saidtoday, Jan. 29. “No government in the history of Canada has cut health-carefunding more than the present government in Ottawa,” said thepremier. “Instead of ignoring the messengers, it’s time for thefederal government to change its ways, listen to what’s happeningon health care’s front lines and deliver the kind of guaranteedfunding Roy Romanow recommended.” Since 1993, the federal government has cut more than a billiondollars from health and social transfers to Nova Scotia. Federalfunding announced at First Ministers’ meetings in 2000 and 2003fell short of what provincial and territorial governments neededto make positive changes to health care. Meanwhile, provincialspending on health care has reached record highs. “In Nova Scotia, we became the first province in Canada to make along-term guarantee to our hospitals and our health-care workersthrough multi-year funding,” added the premier. “When Ottawadismisses provincial demands for the same kind of commitment,they are dismissing the needs of patients, their families,doctors, nurses and other health-care workers. The prime ministerneeds to show that he is prepared to deal with health caredifferently from his predecessor, not only in style, but insubstance.” Premier Hamm noted that even if Prime Minister Paul Martin keepsthe promise made by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien todeliver a one-time payment of $2 billion to the provinces forhealth, a $3-billion dollar gap will remain next year betweenwhat Roy Romanow recommended in his federal report to improvehealth care and what Ottawa is spending. “The questions Prime Minister Paul Martin must answer are these:Is his government prepared to make a long-term commitment torepair the damage caused by federal health-care cuts over thelast decade? Is he prepared to make the investments recommendedby Roy Romanow to reduce wait times and put more health-careworkers on the front lines? Is he going to be different than hispredecessor and work with provinces like Nova Scotia to improvehealth care,” asked the premier. The premier will meet with his provincial and territorialcounterparts in Ottawa the morning of Friday, Jan. 30, beforemeeting with the prime minister at 24 Sussex Drive. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Time for Ottawa to Work with Provinces forBetter Health Care
EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Emergency Measures Co-ordinatorsMeet in Coldbrook Municipal emergency measures co-ordinators from across theprovince will meet in Coldbrook on Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday,May 19, to discuss policy, emerging trends and issues relating toemergency planning in Nova Scotia. The annual conference ishosted by the Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization. The co-ordinators will discuss pandemic infectious diseases,critical infrastructure, forest fire risk, priority access dialtone, communication management and the use of amateur radiooperators as emergency backup. Representatives from the CanadianHurricane Centre and Department of Natural Resources will also bepresenters. “This year, our emergency measures co-ordinators have facedextraordinary circumstances, not only with Hurricane Juan and the blizzard but also with numerous emergencies at the locallevel,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the EmergencyMeasures Act. “”They have responded with a level of skill andexpertise that has not only made us proud, but has cemented NovaScotia’s national reputation.” Municipalities provide the first level of response in anemergency. In the event of a major emergency, Nova Scotia’sEmergency Measures Organization becomes the window to provincialgovernment resources. The province’s Emergency Measures Organization also supports theemergency management process on an ongoing basis by providingtraining, advice and evaluation to responders at all levels. All of Nova Scotia’s municipalities have an emergency measuresco-ordinator. Most are expected to attend the conference. “Emergency preparedness is a co-operative effort,” said Mr. Fage.”I applaud the efforts of all emergency measures co-ordinatorswho have demonstrated this year how effectively they worktogether. This conference is an excellent opportunity for co-ordinators to build relationships, share experiences and reflecton common goals around emergency preparedness.”
Two new federal-provincial agreements will use technology tomake travel safer on Nova Scotia highways. The agreements will almost double the number of camera-equipped road weather information systems (RWIS) stations inthe province, and bring a state-of-the-art weigh station toa busy highway. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell and Transport Canada Minister Jean Lapierre announced twoIntelligent Transportation Systems projects today, Sept. 2,in Halifax. “These technologies will improve road safety and travelefficiency,” said Mr. Russell. “The highway camerasinstalled on the new RWIS stations will be especiallywelcome news to the many Nova Scotians who use them to checkwinter road conditions.” “This agreement for the acquisition and installation of roadweather information systems stations is one of several thatwill establish a cross-Canada network of information systemsproviding critical weather information for road maintenancecrews,” said Mr. Lapierre. “Intelligent transportationsystems can enhance the safety, security, efficiency andsustainability of Canada’s transportation system.” Under the agreement, Nova Scotia will spend $346,500 for theacquisition and installation of up to 14 RWIS stations alongthe national highway system in the province. Another fiveRWIS stations will be installed on roads that are not a partof the national highway system at a cost to Nova Scotia of$132,000. This will bring the total number of RWIS stationsto 39 from 20. Each station will use sensors to measure atmospheric andpavement temperatures. The data obtained from these sensorsallows provincial staff to make informed decisions on thebest time to apply de-icing chemicals to the road and howmuch to use, leading to improved driving conditions andenhanced safety for all travellers. Road weather information systems are automated weatherreporting stations with special sensors embedded in andbelow the road, and on nearby towers. These systems collectdetailed data on weather conditions at and near the roadsurface, which can assist weather forecasters in predictingicing conditions. The stations are mounted with web camerasthat provide staff and travellers with real-time images ofhighways. The second project involves the installation of weigh-in-motion (WIM) technology on TransCanada Highway 104 at theAuld’s Cove weigh station. Weigh-in-motion technologyautomatically detects overweight vehicles and does notinterrupt the flow of traffic. The system should result inimproved safety by screening commercial vehicles for weightcompliance. The total cost of this project is $600,000, equally sharedby the two levels of government. Transport Canada has started, and in some cases concluded,funding negotiations with the provinces and territories forthe development of a cross-Canada RWIS network. Thedepartment will pay up to 50 per cent of eligible costs forthe acquisition and installation of the system components,subject to the successful conclusion of contributionagreements with the provinces and territories. Provinces andterritories are expected to pay the balance, as well as theongoing operation and maintenance costs. As a condition offunding, provinces are also required to enter into a data-sharing agreement with Environment Canada.
Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory for ShelburneCounty SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge located on Route 309 will be closed onThursday, March 10 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for inspection.Only emergency vehicles and school buses will be able to crossthe bridge during this time. An alternate route is available on Clyde River Bridge on Highway103. -30-
Construction on the Coxheath interchange near Sydney will be completed by the end of summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded the $3,644,331 paving contract to Municipal Ready Mix Limited. The contract includes grading, gravelling and paving ramps for the interchange, which will be Exit 5A on Highway 125, and the connecting roads to the widened Sydney River bridge. The work involves about 3.5 kilometres. “This project is the final stage of the government’s commitment to complete the Coxheath interchange in 2006,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The completed interchange will make travel on Highway 125 safer for all drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Whether they’re for eating, building a home or self-defence, an animal’s teeth are among the most important parts of its body. Teeth are the focus of an exhibit called Smile, The Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth, at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. With a provincial teachers’ in-service on Friday, Oct. 24, Nova Scotia families are invited to spend the day exploring more than two dozen interactive, educational and often humorous activity stations about teeth. “The Smile exhibit is a comprehensive overview of teeth said Laurel McIvor, the museum’s curator of interpretation. It’s geared as much towards adults as children. Everyone will find it informative and entertaining.” Visitors will discover the esthetic and biological significance of teeth as well as the importance of good oral hygiene. They will also explore the role of teeth in various cultures, prehistoric life, literature and forensics. The exhibit includes a unit about Dentists Without Borders, an organization that brings dental care and smiles to children around the world. Smile is endorsed by the Canadian dental community. Sunstar Americas Inc. Canada, which produces the GUM brand of dental products, is a sponsor of the exhibit. “Smile explains modern dentistry practices by illustrating the connection of animal teeth to our own,” said Francine Gagnon, dental hygienist for Sunstar. “Smile promotes good oral hygiene through activities designed to stimulate interest and learning on the subject of oral health.” Using historical figures like Levi Spear Parmly, the inventor of dental floss, and characters like Dracula and the Tooth Fairy, children hear about the importance of teeth and dental health through the exhibit. A miniature dental clinic, complete with a waiting room, dental chair, instruments and rinse cups, allows for creative play. Smile is on display until January 18 at the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax. Details on programs and admission are available on the website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-6099. Smile is a bilingual exhibit produced by the Musée de la nature et des sciences and the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal. It is sponsored by Heritage Canada, the University of Montreal’s Eudore Dubeau Museum of Dentistry, Nobel Biocare Inc., Sunstar Americas Inc., the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, and the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec. FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Whether they’re for eating, building a home or self-defence, an animal’s teeth are among the most important parts of its body. Teeth are the focus of an exhibit called Smile, The Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth, at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. With a provincial teachers’ in-service on Friday, October 24th, Nova Scotia families are invited to spend the day exploring more than two dozen interactive, educational and often humorous activity stations about teeth. Smile is on display until January 18th at the Museum of Natural History on Summer Street in Halifax. Details on programs and admission are available on the website at H-T-T-P double slash nature museum dot G-O-V dot N-S dot C-A or by calling 902-424-6099. -30-
Nova Scotia’s tourism industry will get a financial boost to support its competitiveness in a challenging global marketplace. The province announced today, Dec. 2, that $2.5 million is being invested in niche marketing that will help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences such as wine, agri-tourism, genealogy and cultural tourism. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is making the investment in partnership with the Department of Economic Development from the Community Development Trust Fund. The fund was established by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. “During these challenging economic times, we need to develop innovative tourism products to compete with the rest of the world,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “By fostering creative approaches to tourism development and niche marketing, we will be more competitive, attract more visitors, and support the long-term viability of the tourism industry in Nova Scotia.” Niche marketing complements the province’s tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions. Cost-shared funding will be used to help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences. “We look forward to working with partners and forming new relationships with experts in different sectors whose products can be developed and marketed to draw more visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks. “Together, our efforts will help make the provincial economy resilient, which is one of government’s key priorities.” The Department of Economic Development administers the trust fund. “With more than two million tourists visiting Nova Scotia each year, tourism is a key driver of our economic engine,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIssac. “This investment will focus on creating long-term benefits for this industry across the province.” The province focuses most of its marketing on potential visitors in specific geographic areas. Niche marketing develops and promotes specialized products or experiences to people with an interest in them, with less emphasis on where they live. Changing consumer preferences are creating opportunities in niche markets. For example, a national survey of travel activities and motivations showed that 37 per cent of Canadian and 33 per cent of American travellers are food and wine enthusiasts who enjoy experiences like dining in restaurants that offer local ingredients. In recent years, the department has been increasing its focus on niche markets, while still targeting key geographic markets including cities in Europe, the United States and Canada with direct air access to Nova Scotia. The priorities of the trust fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust Fund in Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust .
In the days following the issuance of my February Report, my office has received additional information concerning some of the transactions identified in my report related to MLA expense claims. This led us to conduct some preliminary fact-finding. As a result, I have decided to conduct an investigation into certain transactions. I will report on my findings to the Speaker, in due course. Meanwhile, I cannot discuss the specifics of the investigation, nor provide information about the conduct of the investigation, or the individual members involved, until such time as the investigation has been completed. -30- The following is a statement issued today, Feb. 12, by Auditor General Jacques Lapointe.
HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout is open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signs are in place. The opening allows the construction to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be open for two-lane two-way traffic on Saturday, Dec. 4. There will be ongoing work in the area of Exit 4 that may have minor impacts to traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for two kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Saturday, Dec. 11. A pilot vehicle and traffic control are on site. Alternate route: Highway 125 to Exit 4 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be onsite. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 31A and Exit 31, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Dec. 10. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton-Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Alternate route on Trunk 4. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30-
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Saturday, April 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-
The province is supporting young entrepreneurs through an investment in the Atlantic Canada Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More announced today, March 24, a $30,000 provincial investment for the summit. “We are pleased to help support this event and bring together the next generation of young entrepreneurs,” said Ms. More. “Fostering a culture of innovative entrepreneurship will help lead to long-term skill development and economic growth across Atlantic Canada. This is exactly what jobsHere is all about.” The departments of Labour and Advanced Education and Economic and Rural Development and Tourism will each provide $15,000. The summit will take place at St. Francis Xavier University May 13-15, and will bring together 200 young entrepreneurs, ages 16 to 29, from across the Atlantic provinces. “Youth employment and the associated out-migration is a major issue in Atlantic Canada. This summit will give youth the opportunity to engage in discussions around entrepreneurship and long-term community economic development,” said Melissa MacMaster, entrepreneurship co-ordinator, St. FX’s Enterprise Development Centre. “By contributing to provincial action plans, participants will be directly involved in making rural communities places where young people want to stay.” Speakers for the three-day event include: Peter Kenyon of Australia’s Bank of Ideas; Brad McLeod, CEO of New Brunswick’s Momentum Group; and Tal Dehtiar, president and founder of Toronto’s Oliberte Footwear. The governments of P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador, the Municipality and County of Antigonish, and St. FX also invested in the event. jobsHere is the provincial economic growth plan to strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce with the right skills for good jobs, increase productivity and advance global competitiveness to grow the economy and make life better for families. Participants can register at www.xedc.ca/atlanticyes . For more information phone 902-867-5162.
Young people in the province will continue to gain experience in the environment field thanks to a new agreement signed by the Department of Environment and Clean Nova Scotia. The agreement transfers day-to-day management of the Youth Conservation Corps from the Department of Environment to Clean Nova Scotia, starting Sept. 15. “We value the work of the Youth Corps and we’re committed to ensuring it continues,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Clean Nova Scotia has helped manage the Youth Corps program for years and it has done a great job. We want to build on that success.” Clean Nova Scotia has partnered with the Department of Environment to deliver the Youth Conservation Corps program since 2003. “We are so pleased to have this opportunity and we’re committed to making the Youth Corps a vital part of the future of Clean Nova Scotia,” said Judy McMullen, executive director. “Clean Nova Scotia has always employed youth, mentored them in environmental awareness, and inspired them to seek careers in this sector, so it’s a perfect fit.” As a non-profit environmental organization, Clean Nova Scotia can apply for federal government funding the Department of Environment is not eligible for. Since 2003, Clean Nova Scotia has applied to the federal government’s Summer Job Program to fund salaries for the Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program and administer payroll for youth enrolled in the program. The Youth Conservation Corps was established in 1989 to provide Nova Scotia youth with training and employment opportunities. Clean Nova Scotia is a non-profit environmental organization with a focus on inspiring environmental change in the areas of waste reduction, climate change and energy, water stewardship, transportation and air quality. For more information on the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/youth/.
The province is improving public transit options through investments in eight community projects. Through the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program, more than $220,000 will be invested in projects such as feasibility studies and pilot projects for transit in rural and unserviced urban areas. “Having available public transit is important to communities throughout the province,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This funding will allow eight community organizations or municipalities to conduct feasibility studies or pilot projects to start or expand transit systems, or help cover costs in their first year of transit operations.” The program provides up to 100 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum grant of $50,000 for approved projects. “Having accessible transportation contributes to active living and quality of life in our community,” said Claredon Robicheau, president of the Transport de Clare Society. “This provincial funding will allow us to pilot a door-to-door transportation system in the Town of Digby.” A list of approved projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/ns-trip.asp .
Nova Scotians have heard a lot of information about hydraulic fracturing. Here in Nova Scotia, you will soon be invited to have your say about this process. I understand people are concerned about their drinking water, their environment, their land and their families. As a parent of a young child, these are concerns for me, too. I have spoken often of the need for a fully independent review of hydraulic fracturing. I believed then, as I do now, that such a review has to be truly independent and open to information, and evidence, from all sides of the debate. An independently led review, including public consultation, is the only way for the province to make the appropriate decisions about hydraulic fracturing, and the only way for Nova Scotians to have faith that all views are considered and studied. No hydraulic fracturing activity is taking place anywhere in Nova Scotia. None will be approved while the review moves forward. While we may have potential to harness shale oil and gas development in our province, we must completely understand what is involved, and ensure the safety, the health of Nova Scotians, and the protection of our environment is a top-most concern. The review is being led by David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University. After he has chosen an expert panel, including experts in the areas of science, health and aboriginal knowledge, Mr. Wheeler will conduct public consultations on the environmental, socio-economic and health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. I have met with him and stressed that I want the review to remain truly independent and all views must be considered. I also assured Mr. Wheeler that I will pass along any research sent to the Department of Energy on this issue. Through letters and phone calls, Nova Scotians have indicated to me and the government that they would like to learn more about Mr. Wheeler’s independent review. I encourage people to visit Cape Breton University’s website, www.cbu.ca/hfstudy, for more information. This will give everyone a broad understanding of the mandate we have in place for the hydraulic fracturing study. Until the independent review is complete, the province will not consider any application for hydraulic fracturing. -30-
Cape Bretoners will benefit from investments to keep families safe, improve roads, and help new Nova Scotians in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for Cape Breton include: continuing the innovative Domestic Violence Court in Sydney, which helps keep victims and their families safe and intervenes with offenders to change their behaviour support funding for groups welcoming refugees funding for community facility projects English as a second language training to newcomers through the Teaching Immigrants English program funding for major sport and cultural events continued funding for sustainable transportation upgrading and rehabilitation of the Canso Causeway swing bridge in 2016-2017 upgrading and repaving of the Cabot Trail from 1.2 kilometres north of Route 312 intersection northerly for 6.2 km in 2016-2017 upgrading and repaving Trunk 4 from 1.8 kilometres west of Corbetts Cove Road west to the Canal Bridge in St. Peter’s 6.2 km in 2016-2017 immigration funding to New Dawn Enterprises to work directly with immigrants settling in Cape Breton access to the New Building Canada Fund multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .
Quick facts: the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15 million the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Since 1971, Michelin’s Pictou County site has been home to the company’s second-largest rubber-mixing operation. The facility also produces passenger-car and light-truck tires, curing membranes and houses corporate offices. Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is taking new steps to develop its Pictou operation with new equipment that will be the first of its kind in North America. The company is proceeding with a $14,278,000 total capital investment to install an innovative semi-finished manufacturing process, creating products that will be used in Michelin sites across the continent. New equipment will create a previously imported product and will improve efficiency with faster production processes, increasing capacity of the facility and global competitiveness. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $3,569,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $14,278,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found athttp://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30-
Tokyo: Teen stardom can be a difficult beast to handle but not for Millie Bobby Brown as she finds comfort in the company of her ‘Stranger Things’ co-stars, who are going through a similar experience and are her best friends. Brown, 15, says it helps that she is surrounded by fellow teenagers Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin on the show. “Fame is not really something I live by. I have one job which is to act. My job isn’t to be famous. Fortunately or unfortunately, fame comes with acting, and acting is my favourite thing on earth. I love to portray characters that I feel are powerful and strong,” Brown said. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe show also features Winona Ryder and Brown says she found the senior actor to be a “relatable” figure on the show’s set as she has also gone through a similar phase early in her career. “There’s not much advice she gives us but she definitely has experienced what we are (experiencing). She was a child actor so she definitely helped us in that respect. She was very relatable because she literally went through the same thing.” Brown, who has garnered over 19 million followers on Instagram post her breakout role, believes her popularity can be mined to spread positive messages like becoming the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF last year. “Fame has a lot of negative and positive aspects. One of the positive aspects of my fame was becoming UNICEF goodwill ambassador and so now I have my platform.” ‘Stranger Things’ season three will start streaming on Netflix from July 4.
Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt is eagerly waiting to start shooting for the much-awaited third installment of “Munna Bhai…” film series.”I pray to God it happens soon but this should be asked from Mr. Raju Hirani (Raj Kumar Hirani) director of “Munna Bhai…” series. I think he would be in a better position to answer this question. I am eagerly waiting to start shooting,” said Dutt.Following the reports of sexual harassment against filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, rumours have it that “Munna Bhai 3” goes on hold until Hirani gets a clean chit. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotSanjay Dutt, who was accompanied by his wife Maanayata Dutt, was interacting with the media at the trailer launch of “Baba” in Mumbai on Tuesday.The movie’s co-producer Ashok Subhedar, director Raj R Gupta and film’s cast Deepak Dobriyal, Nandita Patkar, Aryan Menghji, Chittranjan Giri, Spruha Joshi and Abhijeet Khandkekar were also present during the event.Sanjay Dutt made his Hindi film debut with Rocky in 1981. Since then he has been part of some memorable films like “Naam”, “Khalnayak”, “Vaastav: The Reality”, “Mission Kashmir”, “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and many more. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryWhen asked what kind of films he would like to do further in his career, he said, “Now, I can’t dance around trees and do romance with girls but I will do some great characters like Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington do in Hollywood films.””I have had a very long and beautiful journey since my first film “Rocky”. I learnt a lot in that process because I worked with some of the great actors from the industry,” he added.When asked about the recreated version of his hit song “O Saki Saki” from “Musafir”, starring Nora Fatehi, he opined, “It’s great that these songs are being recreated and it means that they are still popular. So, it’s a good thing.” Actor Koena Mitra had slammed the new version of the song, which originally featured her and Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay Dutt will next be seen onscreen in “Shamshera” with Ranbir Kapoor and he will also share the screen space with Arjun Kapoor in “Panipat”.
Kolkata: A man was arrested by Chatterjeehatpolice in Howrah for allegedly trying to break a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM machine early on July 16 morning in Belepole area. The youth, identified as Kamalakanta Jana, used to work as a food delivery boy. According to police, on July 16 around 3:20 am, Jana entered the SBI ATM kiosk in Belepole with an iron rod to break the ATM machine. After breaking the frontal portion of the ATM machine Jana understood that it is impossible to break the machine with just an iron Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaroad and so he left the ATM kiosk. In the morning, some local residents saw the machine in broken condition and informed the concerned SBI branch. Later, an official from the bank lodged a written complaint at the Chatterjeehat police station. After police initiated a probe, they found that the CCTV camera inside the ATM counter was not working. Police faced problems during investigation as they didn’t have the a picture of thief. Late, it was identified that there were two CCTV cameras installed by the Howrah Police traffic department and Chatterjeehat police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the scrutiny of footages from these CCTV cameras, it was seen that a person had entered the ATM counter and came out it after seven minutes. It was also identified that the person was wearing a red T-shirt, a red helmet and arrived at the ATM kiosk on a blue scooter. Officers checked the mobile service providers to ascertain how many mobile numbers were active in that area at that point of time. After getting the mobile number and information from sources, the police came to know about Jana. Later, police also came to know that he resided in Sankrail area in Howrah. On Tuesday night, Jana was arrested. While searching his place, police seized a 9 mm pistol and a round of bullet. “After arresting him we came to know that he was under huge debt and thus he needed money to repay it. He used to work as a food delivery boy for past three years. After preliminary investigation no past criminal record of Jana was found,” said Swati Bhangalia, Deputy Commissioner, South, Zone II.
Patna: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday exhorted people to look for four qualities – character, calibre, capacity and conduct – while electing their representatives.Those who possess a set of other four Cs – cash, community, caste and criminality – should be shunned, he added. “If people want to give someone a job of responsibility… in the panchayat, as an MLA and or as an MP, they should elect those having the four qualities of character, calibre, capacity and conduct. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”But it is unfortunate that a set of politicians does not have these four Cs. They are interested in having cash, community, caste and criminality. People should avoid them,” he said at a function organised to mark the centenary celebrations of the Patna University’s library here. The vice president said there should not be any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and gender. “Be it Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikhs – we all are Indians and we are one. There should be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion or gender,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe sooner India gets rid of such discrimination, Naidu said, the better it will be for the growth and development of the country and the states. The vice president also asked the students to always remember five things – parents, birth place, mother tongue, country and national unity. Hindi, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili, Telugu, Tamil and Marathi are beautiful languages and people should use them instead of English, he said. “I am not against English but people should first learn their own language and then any other,” Naidu said. He assured the students that he would talk to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokriyal and find out if measures could be taken to accord a central university status to the Patna University. “As per the Constitution, the vice president holds the second-most important position in the country… I will talk the Union Human Resource Development minister and find out what can be done. I will personally see to it if appropriate steps can be taken for according a central university status to the Patna University,” Naidu said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had been pitching for the tag for a while now, also expressed hope that the vice president will take necessary measures to fulfill the state’s long-pending demand.